Travel Wish List – Next Stop, Puerto Rico

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Puerto Rico, The All-Star Island for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. If there's one thing I love it's travel.  I love talking travel, but most of all I like doing it and there's definite excitement surrounding traveling to places I've never been before. Puerto Rico is one of such places. It's a location I've always heard about, but never had the chance to visit on my own.  A couple that is friends of ours actually honeymooned there and loved it so it's always been on our Wish List, especially since travelling there is so easy - no need for passports or foreign money! It's no secret that I love the beach.  I've mentioned in posts a few times.  I suppose living in the mountains causes a girl to crave … [Read more...]

What Would You Rather Be Doing in Gulf County Florida? #GCFLNoFilter

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gulf County, Florida for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Hello Spring!  It is so nice for the warm weather and flowers to have finally joined us here in east Tennessee.  The girls and I have been spending some lovely time outdoors - playing, planning our garden, and just lounging.  They're so excited for the warmer months of the year and have already been talking about all they want to do this Summer. One thing we're definitely doing is going on a Family Vacation to Florida.  Our vacation is coming soon too - just less than 2 months - and all four of us are counting down the days. A lot of families in our area travel South for their summer vacations.  It's not that our area doesn't have a ton to offer in the summer, … [Read more...]

Our Recent Visit to Universal Studios Islands of Adventure

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I was provided complimentary tickets to Universal Studios Orlando in exchange for posting our experience.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are 100% my own and our own adventures. We recently went on a little trip to Orlando, Florida.  It was such a quiet, calm, relaxing trip and we hardly did anything. that was a total lie. This vacation was anything but a real, relaxing vacation, but it was one of the funnest weeks of my life - definitely.  Even friends on instagram were saying "You must be exhausted!" because we were literally on the move and having fun the entire week.  A blast y'all... a total blast! And we finished the week off with one of the best days of the entire trip - a day at Universal Studios Orlando and Islands of Adventure.  Yesterday, I shared the fun we got into at Universal Studios and today's post is all … [Read more...]

Our Universal Studios Orlando Experience

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I was provided complimentary tickets to Universal Studios Orlando in exchange for posting our experience.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are 100% my own and our own adventures. I've been talking and talking about our recent trip to Orlando, FL... to y'all [in just about every post I've written since we got back] to anyone who will listen in real life.  Why?  Because we literally had the best time ever and I want to go back like now... yesterday! I was so excited when I found out that we were going to get a few BIG Orlando attractions and the one that I was most excited about was definitely Universal Studios Orlando.  I went when I was a child, about 12 or so, and absolutely loved it.  Then, I went on a girls' trip with my Mom and a couple of family members about 5 years ago and Mom and I went back to Universal Studios and … [Read more...]

How the Combi Twin Cosmo Stroller Made Our Disney Trip a Breeze

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Did y'all know we went on a little trip recently?   No?!  Well, I'm quite sure you've probably seen me sharing photos on instagram, posts about our visit to SeaWorld, and well, lots of status updates about the amazing time we had at Disney World a couple of weeks ago.  And guess what?  I'm not done talking about it!  I hope that's ok! Seriously, y'all, if we had attempted to go to Disney with our double jogger OR our single stroller like I had decided to do before Combi sent us a Twin Cosmo for review, I would have had a much harder time.  Much harder.  Sure, we would have still had a great time, but honestly, this stroller made our trip a total breeze.  That's saying a lot for tackling Disney, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, and more with TWO toddlers! When I pulled the Combi Twin Cosmo Stroller out of the box and saw it could do … [Read more...]

Our Visit to SeaWorld Orlando

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I was provided complimentary tickets to Sea World in exchange for posting our experience.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are 100% my own and our own adventures. We absolutely loved our recent trip to Orlando, Florida.  Seriously - we did not want to come home.  There was so much to see and do in our short week that the only way to see it all is to go back, right!?  I'm still trying to convince hubby that's the case! One of our first days in Orlando was spent visiting 1 of the 3 big theme parks in the city, the one with an aquatic theme - SeaWorld Orlando! I barely remember visiting SeaWorld as a little girl.  I was maybe around 4 or 5 and I hardly have any recollection except for seeing pictures and hearing stories about our trip from my parents.  So, our visit was almost like a first time for all 4 of us! I … [Read more...]

[a review of the] Posh Play Diaper Clutch

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Well, it's been a little while since I've been in the blogging world, but I think I've had a good excuse. This past October, we welcomed our third foster baby into our home, Em & Bubba's little brother. He is an absolute joy & a wonderful addition to our growing little family. I have had (& probably will for a while, yet) my hands absolutely full with three kiddos who are two, one, and three months old. So, in sticking with my "motto" of keeping things as simple as possible, I decided that I needed a new (& bigger, of course) diaper bag. When Em and Bubba were smaller, I carried a smaller diaper bag that was still big enough to fit everything that I needed to go out and about with two under two. But since they are both toddlers now, whose stuff keeps getting bigger, AND with a new baby who has his own stuff that could … [Read more...]

Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center – Top 20 Attractions in Pigeon Forge, TN

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If you haven’t checked out my list of the Top 20 Attractions that you do NOT want to miss on your next visit to the Smoky Mountains, you should.  That’s because today’s post is all about one that made the list! When I published my List of Top 20 Attractions, I received a couple of comments specifically mentioning the relatively new to the area, Hollywood Wax Museum.  Guess what?  Not only did it make my list, but we had the opportunity to visit the Museum for the first time a few weeks ago! Unfortunately both girls were a little tired {it had been a long day of attraction visiting!}, so they would have enjoyed it a bit more if they were rested, but Rob and I had the best time!  It was so incredible to see some of these figures - some were SO REAL that I seriously looked at them waiting for them to come alive. … [Read more...]

Wilderness at the Smokies Waterpark Resort – THE Place to Stay in the Smoky Mountains

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If you haven’t checked out my list of the Top 20 Attractions that you do NOT want to miss on your next visit to the Smoky Mountains, you should.  That’s because today’s post is all about one that made the list! On the list, I covered 19 other attractions that should be on your To-Do List on your Smoky Mountains Visit and today's post is the only Resort on the list.  Not only is Wilderness at the Smokies Resort where you should stay on your visit, but it's an attraction all in it's own!  You could literally stay at the resort your entire trip and be completely entertained for days. Upon arrival, you'll be welcomed with Southern Hospitality and a beautiful lobby that's decorated just like a Mountain Top cabin.  The decor in the resort is phenomenal and really gives you the at-home feel that the Smoky Mountain area has always given … [Read more...]

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies – a Must See in Gatlinburg, TN

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If you haven’t checked out my list of the Top 20 Attractions that you do NOT want to miss on your next visit to the Smoky Mountains, you should.  That’s because today’s post is all about one that made the list! One of the attractions that you definitely don't want to miss is the Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies - ask anyone who's ever visited.  It's definitely a Must See in the Smoky Mountains. You may think that if you've seen one aquarium, you've seen them all... but, let me show you how our Smoky Mountains Aquarium stands out!  This aquarium is nestled right in the Smoky Mountains.  To get there, you'll go through the lovely Smoky Mountain Forest from Pigeon Forge into Gatlinburg, TN! The Aquarium is broken down into a few different locations - Tropical Rainforest, Ocean Realm, Shark Lagoon, Penguin Playhouse... and on and on. … [Read more...]

Titanic Museum – Top 20 Attractions to See in the Smoky Mountains

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If you haven't checked out my list of the Top 20 Attractions that you do NOT want to miss on your next visit to the Smoky Mountains, you should.  That's because today's post is all about one that made the list! The Titanic Museum is one of the largest attractions on the Pigeon Forge Parkway.  It will get your attention, no doubt.  I had visited the museum once before, not long after it first opened and was completely mesmerized by it's contents!  However, I was a little concerned about how the girls would react.  Remember, I have a 3 and almost 2 year old so a museum isn't exactly on our To-Do List often. After seeing the boat itself, Sophia was so excited.  She said "We get to go on A BOAT?"  We had to explain it wasn't a real boat, but she was still excited.  Fast forward to later that day she told me something like "Remember … [Read more...]

Top 20 Attractions that You Do NOT Want To Miss on Your Visit to the Smoky Mountains [part 2]

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Did you miss Part 1 of this post?  You can read all about 10 other Smoky Mountain favorites in [Part 1]. continued. 11.  Great Smoky Mountains National Park Moving right along down the list, I suppose we should actually cover an area that a lot of readers chimed in on the last post and said "the mountains!"  The mountains are a favorite place of mine too and although Cades Cove made it's own number, there are a ton of other areas, trails, and sights to see in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Some of my favorite that come to mind are ElkMont, Chimney Tops, and Clingmans Dome - those are just a very few of the MANY sights to see in the Park. 12.  Titanic Museum If you think the outside of the Titanic Museum is impressive, wait until you see the inside!  It truly is like stepping right aboard the ship itself - with actual items … [Read more...]